Honoring Those Who Have Served – Friends of Clark Park Veterans Day Commemoration

Troop 152 Boy Scouts display the flag, Veterans Day Commemoration, November 2016.

Saturday, November 11 – 11:00 am – at the Gettysburg Stone in Clark Park, near 44th and Baltimore Ave.

Please join the Friends of Clark Park, students of the HMS School and the Boy Scouts in honoring all those who have served in the Armed Forces.  Featured will be Temple Professor Anthony “Andy” Waskie, a historian who re-enacts the deeds of General George G. Meade.   All are welcome.

Are you a veteran?  If so, we would like to recognize and honor you. Please email your name and phone number to frbyers@aol.com.

Holy Night – but Not Silent in Clark Park…

carols 14-1Clark Park lovers joined tonight in one of the oldest park traditions: Christmas caroling by the shed, on top of which a glittering Christmas tree is mounted. As dusk fell, it shone over three score merry carolers of all ages.

Skill was unimportant; just singing together as a community mattered.

A row of bagged candles lit the walk from Chester Ave. to the shed. Everyone got a candle and a songbook when they arrived.

Carolers ran through a hitlist that ran from the Middle Ages to 1950. Most are well known by ear to all who show up.
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To wrap it up, nine brave voices worked their way through Handel’s Alleluia Chorus. Scores were provided but otherwise the volunteers were on their own. The chorus was strong this year.

Then everybody broke for hot cider and catching up. It’s a great, quick, fun way to meet your neighbors.

–Tony West

Come a-Caroling in Clark Park This Sunday!

herald angelsHark the Herald Angels Sing … in CLARK PARK at the annual Tree Lighting & Carol Sing on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 5 pm at the Community Christmas Tree near 45th & Regent St., atop the shed.

This wonderful, longstanding event draws 75 people each year as a hushed winter night falls. We sing traditional favorites (lyrics provided). At the end, a few venturous souls try to sing the Alleluia Chorus; it’s both charming & funny.

Hot-cider refreshments come thanks to the Friends of Clark Park.

Holiday Shopping for Clark Park Swag

612-04-5383If you’re planning gifts for family members, friends or neighbors, the FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK Membership Table at the Saturday Farmers’ Market is ready to help make people happy — and help the park at the same time!

Our popular t-shirts come in 9 different sizes and 3 different designs. They’re a nice buy at $12 standard ($10 junior). We also have women’s fitted scoopneck tees and tanktops at $18

If you know a young person who is not yet big enough for a t-shirt — then our onesies, which come in 6mo, 12mo, 18mo and 24mo sizes, are gifts that will be used. At $13.

Winter weather is upon us and Clark Park is a 4-season park. Outdoor lovers will appreciate our toasty zippered hoodies with full back design at $2 (medium and large sizes available). Our snug knit caps fit all heads and come in 3 vibrant colors.

knit capsKnow any little dogs (up to 16 pounds)? They too get cold on winter walks and will enjoy a Clark Park doggie tee.

Clark Park natural canvas totebags at $12 are great for market shoppers — and make a great way to “wrap” other presents! If you’re looking for stocking-stuffers and chachkes, our Little Nell mugs ($5) are great for hot cocoa; frisbees are only $2 and keychains $1.

And a precious gift — to yourself as well as to others — is a Friends of Clark Park membership. Give the park itself this holiday season! It will be enjoyed year-round. Families $25/yr, Individuals $20, Students & Seniors $10.

Our park volunteers will be staffing the table tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm, and every Saturday for the first 3 Saturdays of December. See you in the park!

Easter Egg Hunt Is This Saturday

For the second straight year, Renewal Presbyterian Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt in Clark Park this Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. It will be set up at 43rd & Chester, alongside the totlot and the older kids’ playground. Ages 1-8 are welcome.

They will organize a raffle giveaway with gifts from local merchants. There will be crafts and other fun. It’s a rain-or-shine event! (This is the park, after all.)

Participants must sign up at the beginning. For further information, reach out to the church: (267) 564-5105 or office@renewalchurch.org.
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Caroling in the Park – December 15th

You are invited to one of the oldest traditions of Clark Park:

Sunday, December 15 – 5:00 pm – Christmas caroling by candlelight in Clark Park, in “B” park near 45th & Regent St.  The Friends of Clark Park invite you to come raise your voice with your neighbors in singing traditional Christmas carols around the community tree.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.  For information, call 215-222-2255.  

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All-Army Reunion Celebrates Flag Day in Clark Park

The Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House All-Army Reunion, a service reunion & US Army birthday party for all veterans in PA, NJ & DE, will be held on Saturday, Jun. 15, 10am-4pm in Clark Park.

While open to all service members past & present & their families, the AAR will emphasize US Army traditions, history & legacy. The reunion tents will be organized around MOS/branch with an additional tent for sister services. This will give hundreds of Army vets & services members a chance to reconnect, share experiences & strengthen their ties to the US Army.

Live entertainment, celebrity MCs, information tables from veteran-related groups, silent auctions, a US Army vs. US Navy obstacle run, event merchandise, US Army historical presentations & other event activities are planned. Tickets are $5 per individual & $10 per family. The event is held in conjunction with other US Army birthday events in & around Philadelphia.

The Veterans Comfort House at 4108 Baltimore Ave. provides a way station for veterans & their families who are involved in treatment at the VA Hospital.

Holiday Caroling in Clark Park

Thanks to all who came out to raise their voices with their fellow community members on Sunday (12/16)! The community Christmas tree was erected atop the shed by Samir Thaker and Jon Potter with guidance by Lew Melman, then the community gathered with candles and sang a whole catalog of holiday favorites. Cookies and warm cider were enjoyed after the songs. Thanks to Fran Byers for organizing the event! Stop by the shed to take a look at the tree, and hum a tune if the mood strikes you!

Photos by Fran Byers.

Veterans Celebrated in Clark Park in 19th Annual Ceremony

Veterans Celebrated in Clark Park in 19th Annual Ceremony
By Fran Byers

The sun shone brightly in Clark Park on Saturday, November 10, as neighbors gathered at the Gettysburg Stone in Clark Park to pay tribute to all those in the Armed Forces who have sacrificed, past and present, to preserve the freedoms we enjoy in America.

HMS School students and Boy Scouts prepare to make their presentations

After a greeting by Erin Engelstad, President of the Friends of Clark Park, Frank Innes told how his father built bridges in France during World War II, and that the large flag traditionally used at this ceremony was presented to his family at his funeral. Rich Magnuson, himself a veteran, introduced four HMS students: Brett Marsh, Anahoe O’Connell, Greg Viola and Jordana Warmflash who described the history of Veterans Day and Satterlee Hospital with their computerized communications devices. Brett Marsh then led the audience in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Two Boy Scouts solemnly fold the American flag.

Boy Scouts Miles Lee, John Cherry, Charles McNeil and Vaughn Davis and of Troop 152, St. Francis de Sales, participated under the direction Troop Leader Michael Horsey. Two of them held the Innes flag aloft in front of the Gettysburg Stone while all sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and then the other scouts read the Gettysburg Address.

Flanked by veterans, PA National Guardsman Jeff Yoo is in training for military deployment

Veterans in the audience were introduced and each described the nature of his military service. They represented the Army Nursing Corps, the Army in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, the Marine Corps, which celebrated its 237 anniversary, and the PA National Guard. They were Rich Magnuson (of the HMS School), Alan Poindexter, April Carter, Dansel Landingin, Jeff Yoo and Sgt. Major Wallace Presley, who represented the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House. Each veteran was given an American flag in thanks by Fran Byers.

The role of the Comfort House in hosting veterans who are undergoing medical treatment at local hospitals was described, as well as its outreach to homeless and other needy veterans. The Comfort House works on a slim budget, and donations of food and money to help it extend its scope of service would be much appreciated. Contact the Comfort House: 4108 Baltimore Ave., Phila. PA 19104, 267-292-2052, www.vetscomforthouse.org.

All present joined in singing “God Bless America” while two Boy Scouts folded the American flag in military fashion. Sgt. Major Presley solemnly laid flowers at the base of the Gettysburg Stone to conclude the ceremony. As we go about our daily activities, let us remember to give thanks to veterans that we meet for their service and to pray for them and their families who have sacrificed so much.

Note: In continuing a long-standing tradition, students from the HMS School and Boy Scouts participated in the placement of the Gettysburg Stone in Clark Park in 1916 by grateful neighbors in thanks for the fine work performed by the medical staff at Satterlee U.S. Army Hospital, the nation’s largest Army hospital during the Civil War. The hospital was situated northwest from Baltimore Ave. to approximately 46th and Pine St. and treated at least 60,000 sick and wounded soldiers until its close in 1865.